The Surrounding Area

Porthleven's surrounding countryside boasts beautiful walks in all directions, including the cliff paths with stunning views across Mounts Bay, looking east towards the Lizard Peninsula and west towards Penzance and Mousehole. The towns of Falmouth, Penzance and St Ives and the city of Truro are all approximately thirty minutes drive from the village, placing Porthleven at the centre of so many great places to visit.

Cliff path from Porthleven to Loe Bar and Penrose

The cliff path from the eastern end of the village towards Loe Bar offers breathtaking views towards the Lizard Peninsula and is a favourite amongst both locals and visitors to the area, not to mention their dogs! The famous Loe Bar was formed during the 13th Century when violent storms left a bar of shingle and sand in their wake, cutting off the River Cober and subsequently access to Helston's harbour. Now visitors to the bar can enjoy a unique experience, with the ever animated sea on one side and the tranquil Loe Pool on the other.

Loe Pool – separated from the sea by Loe Bar

The small market town of Helston, famous for its annual Flora Day dances, is just five minutes drive away, with a choice of independent shops in the town centre and supermarkets on the outskirts. Helston is also home to Flambards theme park, which always delights, come rain or shine.

To the south-east Helston borders the Lizard Peninsula. Nearly surrounded by the sea, the peninsula is sanctuary to a multitude of pretty fishing villages, beautiful wild gardens and hidden coves and is immersed in history and mystery at every turn. With it's warm local climate and unique scenery, its no wonder that it has served as inspiration for so many artists, authors and other creative enthusiasts.

Head west from Porthleven to witness some of the finest beaches in the county. We believe there is no better way to spend a warm summers day than beach hopping along the Cornish south coast. Rinsey Cove, Praa Sands and Kenneggy Cove (found in that order travelling east) all have something different to offer. For more information on these beaches and our other local favourites head over to our beach guide.

One of two Wheal Prosper Engine Houses at Rinsey Cove

The two long abandoned engine houses at Rinsey Cove are a reminder of Cornwall's mining heritage. Built in the mid-1800's these two house contained steam engines that would raise tin and copper ore from three nearby mine shafts.

Praa Sands Beach

With its golden sand and generally good surf, the mile-long beach at Praa Sands attracts thousands of visitors throughout the year. Even in the busy summer months the beach is long enough to always guarantee you a great spot, though you might have to walk for it! If peace and quiet is what you're looking for you can head to the eastern Hendra end or choose a smaller neighbouring beach.

Did You Know?

Daphne du Maurier used her beloved Cornwall as a backdrop for several of her novels, with the sea, and particularly smuggling, at the heart of two of them. While they were works of fiction, they were set in real places.

Frenchman's Creek for example is one of the inlets on the Helford river on the Lizard Peninsula, with a wonderful walk along the creek to the village of Helford with its picturesque thatched cottages. The whole of the Helford River area is peaceful and attractive, with pretty villages such as Manaccan and Gweek well worth visiting.